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Candle putty for displaying prints

A quick and easy solution for temporary displays


Candle putty, available from many hobby or craft shops, can be used to temporarily mount prints for display without damaging the prints in any way. It is extremely handy when you need a means of showing a selection of pictures without having to go to the expense of framing them.

Candle putty holds prints firmly in place without damaging them.
Candle putty holds prints firmly in place without damaging them.

You may be a contestant in a photo competition who wants to quickly and inexpensively place a number of prints on display that will later be returned to an album or a portfolio. A wedding photographer taking part in a bridal show may want to display a number of pictures for a given period, and then quickly exchange them for a new selection of prints to provide variety and show his or her range of wedding images. You may be setting up a one-time school display that includes several photographs. In each case, candle putty and stiff poster board may be your best solution for inexpensively displaying your prints.

Candle putty and stiff poster board provide an inexpensive solution for the temporary display of your prints.
Candle putty and stiff poster board provide an inexpensive solution for the temporary display of your prints.

Simply daub a small amount on the back of each print, at the four corners. Carefully position the print on the poster board, apply a little pressure and the print will stick flatly without the need for push pins, tacks or tape that could damage the print. Repeat the procedure with all of your prints, arranging them in a pleasing pattern or as needed for the type of display. Set up your display board, and you’re in business.

When it comes time to remove the prints or to exchange them for new ones, you will find they peel off easily and the candle putty can be completely removed with the help of a scraper and a clean cotton rag or facial tissue.

Candle putty is generally supplied in very small containers, but you will be astonished at how little it takes to hold a print in place, and how long the tiny container will last.

HAVING TROUBLE FINDING CANDLE PUTTY?

A product similar to Candle putty is "Stick-um." Stick-um is available from a number of suppliers, including Bitter Creek Candle Supply, Inc. in Ashland, Wisconsin. Their website is http://www.candlesupply.com/

To view the product on their web site, click on http://www.candlesupply.com/accessories.html and scroll down twelve items. The next one is Candle Stickum - 1 oz. tin. It currently sells for $1.50 per tin.

Stick-um, a similar product, does the job just as well as Candle Putty.
Stick-um, a similar product, does the job just as well as Candle Putty.